Facing former team `exciting'

Ravens notebook

Anderson talks freely about Broncos

Pryce is quieter on subject of return

October 06, 2006|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

Ravens running back Mike Anderson didn't mind discussing his former employer. Defensive end Trevor Pryce, on the other hand, wasn't as philosophical.

With the Ravens heading toward their first prime-time showing of the season against host Denver, much of the focus after yesterday's practice centered on the two former Broncos.

But Pryce, who had 64 sacks in the first nine years of his career in Denver, declined to expound on the Broncos, saying, "They're more concerned with me if I don't say anything."

Anderson wasn't as tight-lipped and acknowledged that it will feel weird entering Invesco Field at Mile High on the opponents' side.

"Just thinking about it, even to this day, I don't recall ever being at the stadium in the visitors' locker room," said Anderson, who led Denver in rushing with 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. "So that's going to be strange, going to that side and just the whole thing about it. But it's going to be exciting."

Anderson and Pryce, two of the Ravens' biggest free-agent signings during the offseason, were part of a purge by the Broncos to trim a bloated salary cap.

"Both Mike and Trevor are class guys. To have the success that we've had and to lose guys, it's always tough," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said during a conference call with local media Wednesday. "But that is the National Football League right now with the salary cap. It's not something that you like, but, unfortunately, it is sometimes for the player's best interest."

While he harbored no ill will toward the Broncos' organization, Anderson said he was willing to share any scouting reports with his current teammates.

"You'll have guys come up and ask, `What do you think about this linebacker?' and `What do you think about that linebacker or the safety?' " Anderson said. "Those guys, I played with them for years. I know quite a few of those guys, and I know their tendencies and things like that."

Injury update

Four Ravens starters participated in practice yesterday despite injuries. Linebackers Terrell Suggs (thigh) and Adalius Thomas (neck), tight end Daniel Wilcox (thigh) and fullback Justin Green (neck) are listed as questionable for the game against the Broncos.

Cornerback Evan Oglesby (thigh), who is questionable, also practiced.

For Denver, starting defensive end Courtney Brown (knee) is doubtful and running back Cedric Cobbs (ankle) is out.

A familiar role

For the second consecutive week, the Ravens are underdogs despite an untainted record. But some players said they didn't mind the snub.

Said linebacker Bart Scott: "We were a 6-10 team last year. We haven't earned the right to talk about anything but Week 5. I could see if we were a team like the Seahawks coming off of a defeat in the Super Bowl, but we haven't proved anything this year [except] that we can win four games."

End zone

Quarterback Steve McNair didn't seem too concerned that former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger might be briefing the Broncos in his new role as assistant head coach in Denver. "He's probably already filled them in," McNair said. ... As stingy as the Ravens' defense has been in giving up just three touchdowns this season, the Broncos (in one less game) have surrendered just one touchdown, the fewest in the league.


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